Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The film begins with a guy buying a car to impress a girl, who seems to be a bit of a pain in the arse if you ask me but there's no accounting for taste. The road trip is planned!
On his way to pick her up Lewis has to bail out his loser brother, Fuller, from jail. While on their way they hear a trucker, Rusty Nail (I kid you not), on the CB radio and decide to wind him up by pretending to be a sexy woman, Candy Cane, talking dirty to him. They get bored and stop off at a motel and bump in to a guest who was being a bit of a racist towards the motel owner. At that moment they hear Rusty Nail on the CB again. They tell him to meet him/her at the hotel and give him the room number of the racist man. He turns up later that night ready for romance. The brothers hear arguing and then it goes quiet. The next morning the police are knocking on their door to tell them that the man next door is half dead with half his face ripped off.
Serious practical joke gone wrong! The acting I like. The brothers have a natural mischief about them. Reminds me of when I was a (little) younger and over the road a builder had taken 2 days to build this tiny wall so me and my sister went to the upstairs window and shouted for him to hurry up while hiding. We laughed until we couldn't breath. And, er, we recorded it too. You had to be there I guess... No one died though, geez...
Back to the film and the cops tell them to leave town. On the road they hear Rusty Nail again looking for Candy Cane. They tell him they had just been winding him up. He then reveals he is behind them in his truck. Later it gets a little darker. They have picked up the girl from the beginning of the film and Rusty Nail calls to let them know he is still watching them. And he has kidnapped a girl. He tells of what doctors do when they can't identify a body, of how they keep the jaw and fingers in a jar. Mmm, sexy talk. Not quite sure how accurate that is but lets go with it shall we!
What is it about these trucks that just ooze death these days? I'm thinking Duel, Jeepers Creepers, Maximum Overdrive. Is it the shear size of them? Their huge grills, deafening horns or the maniacal drivers themselves? I think the thing about these films is the killer remains anonymous. Because you only know who you're hiding from when you see the truck you are kind of protected. It's when you get out of the car and step in to say, a petrol station, is when you need to take a closer look at who else is in the cue behind you.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Clementine goes down stairs during the night and she receives a 'silent' phone call. Later, they hear noises outside and someone steals their car. After they report it to the police all the lights go out.
And what could be more scary? Your home is the one place you can feel safe and relaxed. Shut the door and people assume no one will come in. Sometimes people are wrong.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Yes, it took about an hour to get going out of its 91 minute run time, but the surprising Stephen King type montage of disturbing images was something I didn't expect and made this film worthwhile.
And dare I say it? Some good old fashioned scares scared Sarah tonight!
"There are worse things than dying, ya know."
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Then we meet husband and wife team Norman and Lucy. They are moving to New England with son Bob so that Norman can pick up the research of a historian who had gone nuts and killed his mistress and himself. Bob is being visited by a young girl of about 8 years old. She can speak to him from across the street and warns him not to go to the house. You should be scared for the boy but he is just so bloody annoying! This part of the film definitely has The Shining written all over it. Actually, this film has wonderful cinematography and a musical score that would not be out of place in earlier '70's horrors like the Exorcist.
Monday, 8 March 2010
The Wickeds is a very low budget horror flick. We begin with a group of over-sexed, easily scared kids on their way to spend Halloween in a "haunted" house situated next door to a cemetery. They are unaware of The Wickeds circling them outside. They're having lots and lots of fun when they're interrupted by a couple of grave robbers who are running from some dead bodies that aren't dead enough. It is exactly what you want to see; a fat guy and a geek running around a cemetery being chased by a dead bride in too much make-up. The Wickeds are kind of vampires that seem to eat people a la zombie, if you will.
I didn't actually expect to like this film and I can't honestly say if I do or not. It does have a certain charm that comes with not being masked by, or being able to hide behind, the smoke and mirrors we are now used to. It's got guts with horrific acting. I must say I have no idea how they got the priest to agree to letting them film in his graveyard. They must've spent the whole film budget on his church roof.
Saturday, 6 March 2010
Pretty soon, one by one, the friends begin to go missing and their bodies start popping up, or bits of their bodies anyway. The still alive friends decide they need to get out of there but amazingly, without them noticing, Muffy has slowly started to lose the plot. Complete with shifty, creepy eyes their host becomes someone to fear.
Some think the very idea of this film made it too arty to stomach but no matter what you think about its validity as a horror film you cannot escape the pretty clever, spooky imagery. In particular, the manikin being dragged across screen and when the two kids are canoodling on the slatted walkway and they turn to see a couple of dead bodies floating on the water beneath.
Something of a classic? I can't decide. It's glossier than most 80's horror and a huge nudge to what was to come in the 90's. An important and necessary installment of retro horror/comedy? Absolutely.
Well done. I asked what your favourite urban legend was and Cory chose the bloody mary legend made famous in the Candyman films. This cast my mind back to when I was 14, in a school toilet with about ten others, repeating bloody mary, bloody mary in to the mirror. Nothing happend. Except for detention for all the boys in the girls toilet. Hey ho.
Thanks to everyone that entered and keep your creepers peeled for more contest to come!
Thursday, 4 March 2010
In Gregg Holtgrewe's new film we begin on a beautifully lit night. A brother and sister are driving to see their father and step mother at their house in the woods. As soon as they arrive you are hit by the tension between the family. It's obvious there is bad history there and it's palpable. It's not like they're not talking but the silence in between the dialog becomes the foreboding message of the film.
They seem to be getting along, begrudgingly, when the dog disappears. It finally turns up, badly injured. The father decides to put it out of it's misery with his riffle. You always know that when the dog gets it in these types of films, the horror has begun, right? Just when they think things can't get any worse, a visitor turns up. He attacks them but insists he isn't there to hurt them. He has a warning; something is coming.
They are, understandably scared and manage to overpower him. But are they biting the hand that feeds them? Something starts to change. Something is coming? Is it here already?
I love the scenes when our characters start to turn on each other, hearing things. Paranoia has begun to breed. It's feeding off their insecurities. Feeding off the insecurities forced on us by those closest to us. Are they hearing things that aren't there or are they just reading between the lines?
Monday, 1 March 2010
What were your early photos like? Any relatives with the top of their heads chopped off?I had a lot of early photos with the tops of heads chopped off and a lot of them had red eyes. Fortunately there was no blood and gore, but they were totally rubbish photographs.
Your photos are authentically eerie. Do any of them ever scare you?
They don't scare me, but sometimes I marvel at how eerie they are. Take for instance the shot of the 'Dark Angel', which is one of my favourite photos. I love how this image can potentially create fear for some viewers.
Do you ever get scared walking round graveyards or is it a peaceful experience for you?
There was one occasion when I felt unnerved at being in the cemetery on my own. I had this strong feeling that I was being watched and I attempted to shrug it off thinking that my imagination was getting the better of me as it had done on previous occasions in the same cemetery. On this particular occasion, I had to turn around as I felt a presence moving swiftly behind me and what I seen is kind of hard to describe. Imagine seeing a heat haze where the scene is shimmery, it was like that, but moving at a fast pace. Even though I seen this, I wasn't alarmed and I decided to move on. I've been to this cemetery since and not experienced anything strange.
What’s inspiring your work at the moment?I have an obsession of taking photographs of silhouettes. The darkness is what draws the viewer in and within the darkness, ones imagination can run a mile with wondering what is hidden.
What was the first horror film you ever watched and how old where you?
This is a tough question as I can't really pinpoint an exact time. My mother is a big horror fan so as a young teenager I did get to see films like Hammer Horror, Carrie, Amityville Horror and Salem's Lot. I also watched The Exorcist, which scared the living pants off me. I ALWAYS lied to my mother promising her that I wouldn't get scared if I watched the film, but once the film had finished and I had to go to bed, the tears would come and I would get told to 'grow up'!
You probably get asked this all the time, but while developing your photos, have you ever experienced a Japanese girl with long black hair appearing in the background when they were not in the original picture?
I'd SHIT myself if I did! The closest I got to taking a photograph that looked like that Japanese girl is a portrait I took of my daughter Kerry.
Woah, that is scary! So where can we see more of your work and purchase prints?
Please visit my 'Horror & Gothic Collection' on Zazzle. The store features lots of greeting cards and business cards that can be fully personalized by the buyer. I'm also working on creating more 'Horror B Movie' style posters that again can be fully personalized. You will also find mugs, prints and calendars that feature my favourite Gothic and Horror photography.
Thanks again to Amanda.